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Avril Studying Film During Lockout

Shortly after his breakout 2010 season, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril prepared for the worst-case lockout scenario and had defensive line coach Kris Kocurek send him the film from all of last season’s games, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

“I know how to play the technique now so I can critique myself and look at different things from offenses and try to get better mentally since I can’t do it physically right now,” Avril said. “How the defense played, how the D-line attacked different ways of getting blocked.

“There’s only so many ways you can get blocked in our scheme, so you definitely have to try to get better at it.”

After posting 10.5 quarterback sacks as a part-time starter his first two seasons in the league, Avril benefited from the arrivals of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh, as well as the promotion of Kocurek. With Suh drawing double-teams inside, and KVB applying pressure on the outside, Avril took advantage and had an 8.5-sack season, ranking second behind Suh in that category.

A third-round pick out of Purdue in 2008, Avril has earned $1.9 million in salary, signing bonus, and the league’s performance-based pay program that was discontinued for the 2010 season. Prior to the lockout, Avril was tendered at the “First- and Third-Round” level prior to the lockout, which under the old collective bargaining agreement, would carry $3.317 million in non-guaranteed base salary next season.

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